When I’m thinking about tasty bites to combine, the one thing I try more and more to think about is how do I bring more senses into the food I create without making a crazy hodge podge…there is a delicate balance…as the saying goes, sometimes less is more. The one thing thing that I’ve added to a multitude of different bites that adds crunch, some vegetation, and sometimes a little sour or creamy texture depending on what version I go with is coleslaw.
Shredding up cabbage is painful, but there are a plethora of store bought versions that you can use for instant dry slaw that you then just need to add something to. Depending on what I’m making and who is eating it, there are 3 recipes that I’ve stumbled on that I think are fantastic.
If I just want want a simple vinegary slaw, this one from Steven Raichlen’s BBQ Bible is my go-to…great on pulled pork or with ribs, etc.
If I want something creamier, this slaw from Tyler Florence is great as more of a side for brisket, burgers, etc. I did add some celery seed and swapped the red wine for apple cider vinegar.
And, lastly this Mexican slaw from Foodie Crush is fantastic if you want a topper for tacos, tostadas, etc.
Here are the ingredients for each (you can see how different they are just by what is in them), but for technique, please see the links:
Steven Raichlen’s BBQ Bible Slaw Ingredients:
- Cabbage or coleslaw mix
- 5 cups distilled white vinegar
- 3 tbspns sea salt, or more to taste
- 3 tbspns sugar
- 3 tbspns black pepper
- 2 tbspns hot red pepper flakes, or more to taste
- 3 tbspns hot sauce (he used Tabasco, but I like Cholula as it doesn’t change the flavor the way Tabasco does, just adds heat
Tyler Florence Creamy Slaw Ingredients:
- Bag shredded cabbage
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- Drizzle extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 lemon, juiced
- salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon sugar or pinch
- 1 store-bought bag shredded slaw mix
Foodie Crush Mexican Slaw ingredients:
- Packaged coleslaw mix
- 1/4 small red onion thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves
- 1/3 cup canola oil
- 2 limes juiced (about 1/4 cup)
- 3 cloves garlic pressed
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 6 dashes hot sauce
- kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
All of them are pretty quick to make and add a little something extra to whatever your main course is. Enjoy and if there are any other variations you like, let me know.